Kathleen McCallum resides in Calgary, Alberta. Kathleen graduated from the Alberta College of Art with a Visual Communications Diploma in 1981. For years she has enjoyed a rewarding career as a graphic designer, but she has always had another passion. Painting. She has exhibited in a number of commercial galleries since 2000 and an early acrylic work can be found in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts public collection. She is a member of the Alberta Society of Artists and The Leighton Art Centre.
The workshop that influenced her work the most was Definitive Acrylics (Robert Genn) in Vancouver. Less is more. She also found a Jewellery & Metal course at ACAD very fascinating and it really satisfied her love of detail. She visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and was amazed! Her most recent Abstraction workshop (Rachelle Kearns) really has her thinking. And flowers in her own backyard bring her joy. For Kathleen, inspiration is everywhere!
“With our lives so scheduled and rushed, we can sometimes overlook the simple pleasures in everyday objects surrounding us. The balance of colour, textural surprises, interesting composition and the wonderful shapes of my chosen subject matter are all brought to light for me when I paint.
It’s exciting when someone connects with a painting that started as a blank canvas. Often times these connections lead to wonderful friendships.”